Zoonoses, i.e. diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans, have received increasing scientific and public attention in recent years. A comprehensive literature review identified 60% of human pathogens as zoonotic, of which 12% constitute so-called ‘emerging infectious diseases’. This term denotes previously unknown diseases that cause outbreaks or known diseases that cause significantly more infections in humans today than in the past two decades.

This thesis investigates animal influenza viruses as a topical example of zoonotic, emerging infectious diseases. I argue that surveillance at the human-animal interface can be improved by implementing novel serological screening tools. Furthermore, I will recommend that a One Health-based surveillance system, spanning both human and animal health, needs to be put in place.

M.P.G. Koopmans D.V.M. (Marion)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The research described in this thesis was conducted at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands, and was funded by Antigone (Anticipating the Global Onset of Novel Epidemics) under the European Union’s FP7 Framework Program and the Castellum project of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Freidl, G. (2016, February 5). Influenza Virus Serology at the Human-Animal Interface. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/79491